Entering 2018, temperatures outside at Fort McCoy hung around 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below, and some snowfall carpeted the installation in white in late December.

Despite the cold and snow, several construction projects continue at the installation, including continued construction of administration and storage buildings for Child and Youth Services (CYS) personnel with the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (DFMWR) and the building of a DFMWR storage building in Constitution Park.

The new CYS buildings are moving along steadily. Employees with contractor Relyant Global, headquartered in Maryville, Tenn., continue to work on the buildings and now have both completely roofed. Exterior brick is being applied. Work on the buildings began in October.

A contract of $1,871,209 was awarded in June to Relyant Global, said Construction Inspector Mark Nelson with the Directorate of Public Works (DPW). "The project is located on West F Street. It's scheduled for completion in July 2018," he said.

In December, Nuvo Construction of Milwaukee nearly completed work on a $262,000 contract to improve sewer infrastructure and complete repairs at several areas around the installation, said DPW Construction Inspector Adam Sands.

"Most of the work with this project is done," Sands said. "Remaining work will be completed in late spring. Overall, this improves our installation's sanitary sewer infrastructure significantly."

At Constitution Park, Nuvo Construction continues to build the $724,000 storage facility for DFMWR. The contract completion date is in September.

"This storage building at Constitution Park will be brick-faced and have approximately 3,600 square feet of available storage space," Nelson said. "The contractor is working through the winter, is about 20 percent completed, and has a goal to complete the building prior to the annual concert at the park in August."

Nuvo Construction also has an $848,000 contract to build a new fitness facility for the Directorate of Emergency Services, Sands said. The project had already started in 2017 but the cold winter weather has some parts of the project on hold until concrete footings can be poured for the facility.

The contract completion date for the fitness facility is in October, and most of the work to complete that facility will take place once warmer weather arrives in the spring, Sands said.

Construction also continues through winter on the new Access Control Point that will replace the current Gate 20 at Fort McCoy.

A $9.9 million contract for the new construction was awarded in May to Catamount Constructors Inc. of Lakewood, Colo., said Ken Green, construction representative and mechanical engineering technician with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is managing the contract.

"The contract duration is for 540 calendar days, which has the project's contract completion date set for November 2018," Green said. The project description includes building a new identification check area with a new gatehouse; search office and inspection canopies; and development and construction of parking, lighting, and traffic control signals.

Fort McCoy has supported America's armed forces since 1909. The installation's motto is to be the "Total Force Training Center." The post's varied terrain, state-of-the-art ranges, new as well as renovated facilities, and extensive support infrastructure, combine to provide military personnel with an environment in which to develop and sustain the skills necessary for mission success.

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